Inspiring student stories and upcoming events in this issue of Bin Thinking. 
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April 2017

A Note from Jane

That means thinking globally and acting locally. Check out some easy ways your school can help….  
Happy Earth Day! Let’s keep it going all year long.
Jane Hiller
Education Director, Sonoco Recycling

In This Issue

School Spotlight
Event Spotlight
Grant Spotlight
Teacher Spotlight
Project Spotlight
Summer Conferences and Workshops
Upcoming Events

April Green Step School Team Meetings!

Green Step School Teams must host their spring meetings during the month of April.
Schedule soon; your mentors can’t wait to see your progress! Mentor reports are due to Jane Hiller on May 15.

School Spotlight: Dutch Fork Elementary Magnet Academy for Environmental Science

Green Steps School Dutch Fork Elementary Magnet Academy for Environmental Science attended the annual S.C. Recycling Legislative Day at the State House to show legislators how students and staff are minimizing waste with both traditional recycling and organic collection efforts in their lunch room. During the month of February:
  • 251 pounds of recycling was collected to be turned into new products
  • 7,073 pounds of food and paper waste were hauled by SMART Recycling at and turned into compost at ReSoil’s commercial composting facility.
  • Only 712 pounds of trash were sent to the landfill!

Event Spotlight: Earth Day at Soda City

Several local Green Step Schools will be joining members of EEASC (Environmental Education Association of SC) at Columbia’s Earth Day Celebration during the Soda City Market. Students will demonstrate their Green Step projects and sell items they have made. Come learn about pollinators, fireflies, healthy citrus/herb cleaners, solar power and bunny-brew fertilizer [Alyx from Barclay school pictured right holding the Bunny Brew] . Check out eco-crafted crayons, candles and bottle lamps. And try making plarn (plastic bag yarn) and clean-air fans. Don’t miss this fun event! 

Date: April 22
Time: 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Grant Spotlight: Soil & Water Conservation

Five new conservation projects have been selected for funding through Richland County’s Soil & Water Conservation Education Mini-Grant program, bringing their total number of projects funded to 50!  Learn more.
EEASC Mini Grant Applications are due June 1. 

City of Columbia Rain Barrel Sale

City residents can qualify for a free rain barrel. Others can purchase a rain barrel for $68. Free monthly workshops. Register online or call 803-545-3803

Teacher Spotlight: Amy Price

Amy Price, Environmental Science teacher extraordinaire at Lexington’s River Bluff High School, was featured in the March/April 2017 issue of South Carolina Wildlife Magazine. She says her goal to engage students in environmental studies and stewardship led to a connection with the SC Green Step Schools program, which encourages students to work collaboratively to conserve, protect and restore natural resources. She believes these student-led assignments are improving campus life and also enriching agriculture and natural habitats in our communities. Thanks for your leadership, Amy!

Project Spotlight

Spring is the season of rebirth, and what could be cuter that watching chicks hatch in David Kenga’s science lab at St John Neumann Catholic School? 

Summer Conferences and Workshops

Project WILD-Aquatic WILD Educator Workshop
Date: May 6
Location: S.C. Aquarium, Charleston

Clean Energy Technology: Solar Energy at Home and School
Date: May 11
Location: Clean Energy Laboratory, Center for Advanced Technical Studies
916 Mount Vernon Church Rd.
Chapin, SC 29036.
Free to EEASC Members; $5 for Non-Members.

EEASC (Environmental Education Association) Annual Conference
Date: June 9-11
Location: Beaufort, S.C.
Details: Join other environmental educators for this exciting Lowcountry learning and networking experience.
Register now at

The 5-day S.C. Sustainable Forestry Teachers Tour in Newberry
Date: June 19-23
Contact:  Matt Schnabel or Janet Steele.

SC Green Step Awards during the wonderful "Take Action Today" Workshop at Saluda Shoals
Date: June 20

Campus Invaders: Studying and Managing Invasive Species in Outdoor Classrooms
Date: July 12
Time: 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Location: Harbison State Forest Education Center, 5600 Broad River Road
Details: Find out more on EEASC.

Upcoming Events


Richland County Recycle and Shred Event for Residents
Time: 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location: WG Sanders Middle School, 3455 Pine Belt Rd, Columbia
Get a list of accepted materials.


2017 Conservation Poster Contest Entries Due
This year's theme is "Healthy Soils are Full of Life." Classroom presentations are available. 
Get the details 


EEASC Midlands Meet-Up
8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
Location: Sonoco Recycling Education Center
Don’t miss this EARTH DAY Meet-Up! Breakfast treat provided, but bring your own coffee!
RSVP to Jane Hiller or register online if you plan to attend.  


Lexington County Backyard Garden Day
 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location: Red Bank Crossing, 1070 South Lake Drive, Lexington
Details: This event will include a compost sale ($10/ton) and a compost bin sale ($40 each). Pre-order compost bins; only a limited supply will be available for purchase on site.
                              Contact: or call: (803) 785-3340


Midlands Earth Day Celebration at the Soda City Market
Time: 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.


Lexington County Recycle Day
Time: 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Location: White Knoll High School, 5643 Platt Springs Rd, Lexington
Details: Stop by for electronics recycling, household hazardous waste (HHW) collection, paper shredding and shoe collection.
Learn more online or call (803) 785-3340.


Fifth Annual Mini Maker Faire
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Location: Edventure Museum
Here is a chance for your students (and others) to demonstrate and sell items they are making.
Get the details.


Build Your Own Rain Barrel Workshop
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location: Lexington County Fire Services, 436 Ball Park Road in Lexington
Come learn about rain barrel construction, stormwater runoff and water pollution, and rainwater harvesting.
                              Get the details.

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